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 Glen Jean, West Virginia 

The community of Glen Jean is named in honor of Jean D. McKell, wife of Thomas McKell, who owned the land upon which the town was built. Glen Jean boomed at the turn of the 20th century. With the completion of a railroad branch line in 1894, numerous coal mines opened up within walking distance of the town. Today little is left of Glen Jean's commercial district. The National Park Service headquarters for the New River Gorge National River is located in Glen Jean.

The recently refurbished Bank of Glen Jean building.  Organized in 1909 by William McKell, the bank operated until 1939 when it was voluntarily closed.
The recently refurbished Bank of Glen Jean building. Organized in 1909 by William McKell, the bank operated until 1939 when it was voluntarily closed.

Glen Jean, WV
Interpretive Signage Bank of Glen Jean
Interpretive Signage Bank of Glen Jean

Interpretive Signage Softball Glen Jean WV
Interpretive Signage Softball Glen Jean WV

Home of William McKell in Glen Jean, West Virginia.  The house was torn down in the early-1970's with the building of the Rt.19 expressway.
Home of William McKell in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The house was torn down in the early-1970's with the building of the Rt.19 expressway.

The Glen Jean school building.
The Glen Jean school building.

Early photo of the Glen Jean school.
Early photo of the Glen Jean school.

Several of the wood-frame buildings from the early-1900's survived in Glen Jean until the 1970's.
Several of the wood-frame buildings from the early-1900's survived in Glen Jean until the 1970's.

Smiths' Store in Glen Jean, as it looked in the late-1960's.  The wooden building burned in 1980's.
Smiths' Store in Glen Jean, as it looked in the late-1960's. The wooden building burned in 1980's.

At the turn of the 20th century, a makeshift lumber railroad line hauled timber from the forests of Garden Grounds to a sawmill located in Glen Jean.
At the turn of the 20th century, a makeshift lumber railroad line hauled timber from the forests of Garden Grounds to a sawmill located in Glen Jean.

Map of The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve, expected to open sometime after 2013
Map of The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve, expected to open sometime after 2013

1915 map showing showing the numerous coal mining operations once located in the vicinity of Glen Jean. Learn more about the Towns of the Loup Creek and White Oak Coal Fields.
1915 map showing showing the numerous coal mining operations once located in the vicinity of Glen Jean. Learn more about the Towns of the Loup Creek and White Oak Coal Fields.

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